Chairman of the Mayor's Military Advisory Committee (MMAC), Major General David Mize, USMC Ret., alongside members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard attended today's meeting to present to the Council as part of its 25th annual Military Day celebration. New Orleans Military Appreciation Day was started in 1992 by the Mayor's Military Advisory Committee (MMAC) and local leaders to acknowledge local military service members and to promote a closer relationship for state and federal agencies in Louisiana.
Chartered in 1972, the MMAC is charged with providing support to local military and their families, educating the public about the economic and social benefits associated with local military organizations, and retaining and growing the military bases in the region. Senior military leaders from all of the service branches throughout the New Orleans area attended today's meeting to present on specific community service, economic and mission-centric contributions to the area.
Presenters included the following: Major General David Mize, USMC Ret., Chairman of the Mayor's Military Advisory Committee (MMAC); Lt. Col. Daniel W. Harlow, Commander of the 159th Maintenance Group, Louisiana Air National Guard; Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard; Major General Steven W. Ainsworth, 377th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), U.S. Army Reserve; Colonel Michael Clancy, Commander & District Engineer, Army Corps of Engineers; Colonel Gerry W. Leonard, Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Reserve; and Captain Mark Sucato, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB).
"We would not be as safe as we are and we would not be the superpower that we are if it weren't for our military men and women," said Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams. "So many lives have been sacrificed to get to where we are today, and each and every one of you, from the brass that sits at this table to you younger people in the audience, plays a tremendous role in that. I can't say it enough, but we are the greatest country on this planet, and we are such, because of all of you. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your incredible service to our country."